There are clear bottom-line benefits to having a healthy and happy workforce – it’s not just a fluffy notion. Not only can it help reduce absenteeism, improve engagement levels and increase retention but it can encourage creativity and innovation as well.
Creating a wellbeing culture doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are several relatively low investment options which can be carried out immediately; giving out the strong message that you do care about your people and their wellbeing.
Some of our suggestions include making healthy drinks and plenty of water available, free fruit and healthy snacks, quiet areas, use of headphones for those focusing on work in a noisy environment; encourage exercise, in-chair massage and random acts of kindness.
Work-life balance is also a vital component of a wellbeing culture and nowadays people demand it, with great places to work offering it. In order to offer a clear work-life balance policy you need to identify and understand the organisation and employee needs and aspirations. Then you should engage the leadership team and managers in order to build a supportive environment for implementation.
Once agreed, communicate the policy to all making it clear what the non-negotiables are. And most importantly, monitor, evaluate and evolve – not everyone gets it right first time.